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Visitor Information
Accommodations Suggestions for Connecticut
City and Town Information
Books, Maps and Other Resources for Connecticut

State Parks and Recreation Areas
Attractions and Things to See and Do
Annual Events

Dining Suggestions
Climate and Weather Information
Driving Information - Getting to and Around

Some Favorites in Connecticut
Connecticut Links

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Visitor Information
The series of "Hidden" books by Ulysses Press are great guidebooks. Editor Ray Rieget has put together some wonderful information. Included in this series is the interesting Hidden new England. If you are planning a vacation in New England, or if you live in New England and would like to find some interesting and perhaps little knows getaways, order a copy today! I highly recommend it. This is a great book.  And, even if you live in the area, you should have this book in your travel library!  Jim

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Connecticut Office of Tourism,
Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development
505 Hudson Street
Hartford, CT 06106-7106
1-800-282-6863, fax 860-270-8077
http://www.state.ct.us/index.asp

State of Connecticut; 1-800-CT BOUND. Available from 8:00-6:00 ETZ, M-F. There is an answering machine after hours.
Visit Connecticut

Bureau of Parks & Forests, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT  06106-5127
860.424.3200

Connecticut Commission on the Arts
755 Mail Street
1 Financial Plaza
Hartford, CT  06103
860.566.4770

Connecticut Historical Commission
59 South Prospect Street
Hartford, CT  06106
860.566.3005

Connecticut Explorer's Guide
The Connecticut Explorer's Guide is dedicated to providing the best maps and trail data available for all outdoor adventure sports while offering a wide variety of other useful resources for the outdoor enthusiast and avid adventurer. There are many outdoor adventure resources available at CTXGuide for planning your next excursion or to just explore from your chair. Besides the online maps and guides, we have compiled several link directories, an adventure film festival, and an informative adventure forum complete with feature articles. http://www.ctxguide.com. All inquiries should be sent to:
email@ctxguide.com.

For additional information on Connecticut, you can ask an expert at All Experts.

Climate and Weather Information
For climate information on Connecticut, click on Climatologies and then click on the map to find Connecticut.

Driving Information
Interstate 85 runs along the Long Island Sound shoreline providing a direct link to the state from New York or the Boston area.  Interstate 91 travels north from New Haven through Hartford (where it connects with I-90, the Massachusetts Turnpike) and on to Canada.  Interstate 84 enters at Danbury and runs northeast through Hartford to its link with I-90 at Sturbridge.  It also interchanges with I-91 at Hartford.

For complete information contact the Connecticut Department of Transportation, 2800 Berlin Tpke., Newington CT  03131, phone - 860.263.5700.

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State Parks and Recreation Areas
Bureau of Parks & Forests, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT  06106-5127
860.424.3200

Boating Information
Boating Division
P.O. Box 280
Old Lyme, CT  06371-0280
Ask for the brochure, "Connecticut Boater's Guide."

Camping Information
Write to the Bureau of Parks & Forests above and ask for the "Camping in Connecticut" brochure.  And, for information on campgrounds, contact the Connecticut Campground Owners Association, 14 Rumford Street, West Hartford, CT  06107, 860.521.4704.

Fishing Information
Call 860.424 FISH.

Connecticut Explorer's Guide
The Connecticut Explorer's Guide is dedicated to providing the best maps and trail data available for all outdoor adventure sports while offering a wide variety of other useful resources for the outdoor enthusiast and avid adventurer. There are many outdoor adventure resources available at CTXGuide for planning your next excursion or to just explore from your chair. Besides the online maps and guides, we have compiled several link directories, an adventure film festival, and an informative adventure forum complete with feature articles. http://www.ctxguide.com. All inquiries should be sent to:
CTXGuide@CTXGuide.Com


Annual Events
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Attractions and Things to See and Do
Connecticut - Order FREE Travel Brochure!

Connecticut Explorer's Guide
The Connecticut Explorer's Guide is dedicated to providing the best maps and trail data available for all outdoor adventure sports while offering a wide variety of other useful resources for the outdoor enthusiast and avid adventurer. There are many outdoor adventure resources available at CTXGuide for planning your next excursion or to just explore from your chair. Besides the online maps and guides, we have compiled several link directories, an adventure film festival, and an informative adventure forum complete with feature articles. http://www.ctxguide.com. All inquiries should be sent to:
CTXGuide@CTXGuide.Com

Foxwoods Resort Casino offers entertainment, dining, overnights, and casino gambling.  Located in Mashantucket, exit 92 off I-95.

Goodspeed Musicals.  Enjoy live musicals at the nationally acclaimed Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam and Goodspeed-at-Chester/The Norma Terris Theatre in Chester.  860.873.8668.

The Maritime Aquarium offers great exhibits and the newest in IMAX films.  Located in Newark at exits 14Nor 15S off I-95.

Great Family Vacations Northeast : 25 Complete Fun-Filled Vacations for the Entire Family - (Includes vacation suggestions for Connecticut.) Family-travel expert Candyce H. Stapen has taken the hassle out of vacation planning with Great Family Vacations Northeast. Inside you'll find 25 complete vacations loaded with enough activities to keep every member of your family happy for weeks! Whether you're looking for museums and historic sites, thrill-a-minute amusement parks, animal attractions, natural wonders and the great outdoors, sporting events, or a healthy dose of all the above and more, here's everything you need to make your next family vacation a great family vacation. This information-packed guide includes hundreds of exciting things to see and do, valuable family travel tips, family-friendly places to lodge and dine, personally recommended side trips, important local sources of information and handy travel directions.

Lake Compounce, "New England's Family Theme Park."  Rides, attractions, and entertainment at Compounce Mountain.  In Bristol (Take I-84 to exit 31, go north on Route 229, and follow the signs.)  860.583.3300.

The Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration makes an interesting stop.  860.572.5955.

Ride the scenic Naugatuck Railroad from the Litchfield Hills to the Brass Mills of Waterbury back to the spectacular Thomaston Dam.  The Railroad Museum of New England, P.O. Box 400, Thomaston, CT  06787-0400.  Call 860.283 RAIL.

Be sure to see the New England Air Museum with over 80 historic aircraft, interesting exhibits, films, and a great gift shop.  Located near Bradley International Airport.  860.623.3305.

Visit Silverman's Farm and pick your own apples and peaches, cut your own sunflowers, or visit the Animal Farm.  Here you will also find the oldest cider mill in Connecticut (watch as they press apple cider) and a farm market.  You can also enjoy hayrides in the fall.  Located on Sport Hill Road in Easton, 203.261.3306.

Be sure to spend a day in the wonderful seaport village of Mystic Seaport.  Take exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic.  1.888.9 SEAPORT.

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Dining Suggestions

The Boulders, a country inn on the lake for lodging and fine dining.  East Shore Road, Route 45, New Preston, CT  06777, 860.868.0541.

Randall's Ordinary Inn & Restaurant  This is one of my all-time favorite places to eat.  Lunch is much less expensive than dinner!  Located in North Stonington off Route 2.  877.599.4540.

 

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Some Favorites in Connecticut
Randall's Ordinary Inn & Restaurant  This is one of my all-time favorite places to eat.  Lunch is much less expensive than dinner!  Located in North Stonington off Route 2.  877.599.4540

Mystic Seaport.  Take exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic.  1.888.9 SEAPORT.

If you have something of interest you believe I should add to this section of Getting Away, please contact me with the information. mailto:jimbruner@gettingaway.com